Memories of this season’s 1-0 defeat at Norwich City are still fresh in the mind for Chris Smalling, who is wary of lightning striking twice as Manchester United host the Canaries at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Reds defender played a full match at Carrow Road in November but could not prevent a narrow defeat caused by Anthony Pilkington’s 60th-minute header, a goal which knocked United off the top of the table at the time and inflicted a third Barclays Premier League defeat of the campaign.
Impressively, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have not lost in the top flight since and are currently twelve points ahead of title rivals Manchester City. Despite such admirable form, Smalling is taking nothing for granted, although he hopes to make the most of home advantage.
“I remember the Norwich away game really well,” Chris told United Review. “We had a lot of chances but couldn’t take them and they took one of their very few chances and punished us for it.
“They showed that they’re a very hard-working side and can play a lot of football as well, so we’ll definitely have to be wary. I think losing at their place was a bit of a wake-up
This Saturday's United Review includes:
- Sir Alex's exclusive programme notes
- Denis Law column
- Chris Smalling interview
- Greatest Premier League matches feature
- Paddy Crerand, opposition focus, history, fans and more...